While indoor kitchens have always been part of the household, an extension of such in the presence of an outdoor kitchen has been gaining popularity in the warmer areas of the United States and even in areas where the climate isn’t what you can term as warm.
There is just something about preparing food and eating in the outdoors that attracts people to making it a regular part of their daily lives.
If you are just catching up on this trend of outdoor dining and entertaining, there are some factors you should consider when you think of your personal outdoor kitchen design. The most basic consideration you have to think about in your outdoor kitchen design is functionality.
You do not want grills, sinks and bars to be oddly placed beside each other leaving you with no room to work on your culinary masterpieces. Efficacy should be first in your mind when laying out your outdoor kitchen so that the workstations are put out in progression.
When your outdoor kitchen will be located near to your indoor kitchen, then easy access should be implemented so that it will take lesser efforts to get items from the indoor kitchen. However, if the indoor kitchen is far from the proposed outdoor kitchen, it would be best if storage for frequently used items like grill brushes, spices, and paper towels are included in your outdoor kitchen design.
You can even add some appliances in your outdoor kitchen like a refrigerator and a dishwasher, if your budget can accommodate it. Just make sure that these appliances can withstand the weather conditions in your area to avoid destroying them.
The main focus of your outdoor kitchen design should include the general orientation of the outdoor kitchen. The main reason why an outdoor kitchen is made is to have a change in environment, which is why a focal point should be enhanced to come up with a great outdoor kitchen design.
This focal point can be a swimming pool or the kitchen’s cooking zone. Whatever the focal point is, it is very important that all the elements of the outdoor kitchen are oriented according to this attraction.
If you are a thrifty homeowner that wants the beauty of an outdoor kitchen without having to spend extravagantly, then you can consider some alternatives to make your outdoor kitchen functional minus the cost. The most fundamental piece of equipment your outdoor kitchen must have is a grill and/or an oven.
With this piece, it is recommended to get the highest quality of grill or oven because it will make you save more in the future. Second consideration to make is the choice of using propane instead of having to run gas, electricity and water lines to the outdoor island because doing so translates to a lot of cost.
Having less cover will also make you save hundreds of dollars since constructing awnings or a gazebo will cost you much. Instead, an umbrella can be used to provide cover for the more important parts of the outdoor kitchen.
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